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The Indonesian Transportation Minister, Budi Karya Sumadi has inspected the Ngurah Rai Airport to ensure prevention protocols are in place before receiving an influx of visitors this holiday season.

He believes that Bali will still be the number one tourist destination for Indonesians even during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

At this time only Indonesian citizens, diplomatic visas, business visas, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) card holders and cargo are allowed entry into Indonesia.

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The inspection of Ngurah Rai International Airport was completed on Friday (11/12). 

“Many people will plan their end-year holiday visit to Bali, so I have to assure that all health and safety protocols are implemented to prevent virus transmission at the airport,” Sumadi mentioned in his written statement.

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Apart from the airport, Sumadi asked authorities in Bali to closely supervise prevention protocols on land transportation such as harbour and bus stations. He hopes to avoid a new cluster of Covid-19 in Bali as the holidays approach.

The Transportation Minister reminds all business owners to continue implementing safety measures as the government efforts over the past several months should not go in vain.

bali tourists on beach

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

Regarding all tourist attractions, Sumadi reinstates a limit on the amount of visitors allowed to avoid crowds or long queues. He also mentions frequent disinfecting of areas with potential contact with tourists.

Health and safety protocols are intact as more than 380k arrivals are expected to come through Ngurah Rai International Airport during the holiday season between December 18, 2020 to January 10, 2021.

Bali domestic tourists

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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